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14 February 2011


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Faculty Strategic Plan

Colin Bailey circulated the Draft Faculty Strategic Plan to all staff in 17th January, and is keen for this to be discussed in schools in the meantime.With this in mind, there will be an opportunity to collate feedback at the next School Board. The plan is available from: here.

Knowledge Transfer Networks

The Knowledge Transfer Networks of the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) are considered to be a key route into TSB funding.If you are a member of any of these networks, please let me know, preferably including a paragraph on your experiences.

New School LinkedIn Group

In light of increased tuition fees student 'employability' is likely to be a hot topic over coming years.


Whilst we're very strong in this area and provide a good level of support to current students, we could do more to stay in touch with our graduates. With this in mind I've set up an Alumni group on the professional networking site LinkedIn. Membership of the group is open to graduates from all our undergraduate, postgraduate and professional education programmes, as well as to current staff and students. The group will enable us to strengthen our alumni community and put out (occasional) news about research success, public engagement activities,

events, professional education opportunities etc.


Please feel free to the join the group, and to encourage others to do

the same:

The majority of requests will need to be approved by me, but requests from School and University domains should be accepted automatically.

Bernard Strutt



Introduction to the News Media†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 9 Mar 11

We would like to invite you and your scientists and engineers to our Introduction to the News Media event on Wednesday 9 March 2011 at The University of Manchester from 12.30pm to 5pm with drinks afterwards. This event is free.


This event is specifically geared towards engineers and scientists with little or no media experience.  If you wish to attend then please send your names, job titles, institutional e-mail addresses and phone numbers to  Iím afraid I canít reserve places without names and I would ask only for the names and addresses of confirmed attendees.


Science has never been as prominent in the news as it is today and it is paramount that the issues be communicated correctly. We have some excellent science journalists in the UK, but the news stories will never be covered as accurately as we want them to be without the direct involvement of the experts themselves. 


What is this event?

A beginnerís guide to the media, giving an insight into the way the news media works.  You will get a tour of some of the key issues, hearing from journalists, press officers and other scientists about:

         the deadlines that journalists work to

         the role of the editor

         how journalists find stories

         top tips for dealing with the media

         the role of the press officer

         the importance of engaging with the media


It isnít:

Traditional media training. This session will not prepare scientists for a confrontation with Paxman or Humphrys, and is not skills-based media training; but it will give a flavour of the media to help scientists understand its demands and make it easier for them to work with journalists.  It will also give them good reasons to forge closer ties with their press office.


Is it for your scientists?

This is only for scientists who have not had much/any media experience before Ė we are very limited on space so please donít come along if you are already media trained or have lots of experience of dealing with journalists.

It will be very similar to previous SMC Introduction to the Media days Ė so please donít send anyone who has been to the event before.


The event will be divided up into two sessions with a tea break, and weíll finish off over a glass of wine and the opportunity to network informally with your peers. Iíll get back to you with more information closer to the time.


The event is completely free of charge.  However, owing to the size of the lecture theatre, numbers will be limited so we are keen to give these limited places to those of you who will benefit most from this event.


Finally Ė please do not request a place unless you are absolutely sure you can attend this session and it is definitely in your diary. Places are limited and we anticipate that the demand for places will be higher than we can accommodate.


If you would like to register for this event and are free on March 9, please send an e-mail with your name and institutional e-mail address to will then get back to you at a later date to confirm places and the full details of the event.

Sharn Kalsi, Science Media Centre.


Research Awards


PI: Robert Stevens
Funder: JISC
Amount: £46944

The Synthesis Project: Activity Data

PI: Alex Walker
Funder: JISC
Amount: £108477